Pizza delivered on Mount Kilimanjaro
In recognition of entering its 100th country, Pizza Hut, a division of Yum! Brands, Inc and the world's largest pizza restaurant company, marked the milestone with a special pizza delivery to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The delivery set the Guinness World Records title for the highest altitude pizza delivery on land, at a height of 19,341 feet.
General manager of Pizza Hut Africa, Randall Blackford, a team of Pizza Hut employees and several professional guides hiked for six days to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to set the record. Blackford and the team shared a large pepperoni pizza at the top of the mountain in celebration of the company's continued global expansion. An adjudicator from Guinness World Records was on-site in Tanzania to verify that Pizza Hut in fact set the record for the highest altitude pizza delivery on land.
Not only did the team set a Guinness World Records title, they also raised money for the Msasani Primary school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as a way to show their commitment to supporting the communities where they operate.
The money will provide desperately needed upgrades to the school of 1,300 students, and provide training for their teachers.
"We are extremely proud to be the first pizza restaurant company to be serving in 100 countries," said Milind Pant, president, Pizza Hut International. "There has never been a more exciting time to be working at Pizza Hut. We are the most-loved and fastest-growing pizza restaurant company in the world, and look forward to continuing to share our high-quality, affordable pizzas made by our passionate team members with consumers everywhere. We are thrilled to bring Pizza Hut to Tanzania, and believe there is no better way to celebrate our 100th country milestone than by setting a Guinness World Records title."
Pizza Hut has more than 16,000 restaurants and is the first and only pizza restaurant company to have locations in 100 countries.
In 1994, Pizza Hut opened its first restaurant in Jamaica. It currently operates 10 restaurants across the island. "Pizza Hut Jamaica is proud to be part of such an internationally growing company, and the passion and commitment to innovation across the board is something we try to showcase here in our local space as well," notes Tina Matalon, marketing director of Restaurants of Jamaica, franchise holder of Pizza Hut. She continued, "locally, we wish Pizza Hut Tanzania all the best on their journey ahead."
Pizza Hut markets around the world also joined the celebration by making special deliveries to historical landmarks in other countries where Pizza Hut operates.
In Jamaica, Pizza Hut team members surprised customers by delivering a pizza to Hellshire Beach in Greater Portmore.
You can follow the journey of the memorable pizza deliveries at #PizzaHut100.
- The first Pizza Hut restaurant outside the United States was located in Canada. The next international market was Costa Rica.
- The busiest Pizza Hut restaurant in the world is located inside the Sao Paulo Airport in Brazil.
- The Pizza Hut menu has been translated into more than 35 languages.
- The most popular Pizza Hut pizza in the world is pepperoni.
- The original Pizza Hut opened May 31, 1958 in Wichita, Kansas.
- Pizza Hut once delivered pizza to space.